Leyte Elementary School Shut Down By Land Seekers – Manila Bulletin

TACLOBAN CITY – Maghubas Elementary School in Barangay Maghubas, Burauen, Leyte has been locked, chained and a ‘No Trespassing’ sign posted by claimants from the land where it was built on Wednesday September 7.

More than 150 students and their teachers were barred from entering the school by the applicants, causing traffic and congestion for people outside the gate.

The Department of Education (DepEd) – Leyte Schools Division expressed dismay at the incident.

“Upon learning of the incident, the division promptly informed the PNP chief in Burauen, while the district supervisor immediately coordinated with local government unit officials to help resolve the issue,” said DepEd in a statement.

The school was able to resume classes during the day.

School District Supervisor (SDS) Manuel Albaño, who personally inspected the school as soon as he could, asked the headteacher to submit a full incident report and asked the division lawyer to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident.

The school is said to have been locked by the heir of the donor of the land which was given in the 1960s to the local government of Burauen. The property was later designated as the school site for the barangay.

DepEd-Leyte assured the public that this incident would not happen again, and if it did happen again, it would be dealt with immediately.

However, on Thursday September 8, the school was locked again for unknown reasons, interrupting classes. DepEd has yet to release any further statement on this.



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